If you have a drone, are gifting a drone, or receiving a drone during the upcoming holiday season, be sure to register it before January 20th.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced this week all drones must be registered to fly them outdoors in the U.S., even if it's just on private property. Registration will be free until January 20th, but then there will be a $5 fee for anyone who wants to fly a drove.
According to Mike Murphy, a writer for Quartz, drones between .55 pounds and 55 pounds must be registered, which is roughly every consumer drone available that isn't a microdrone. Anything larger than 55 pounds must be registered through the mail.
Failure to register an aircraft may result in regulatory and criminal sanctions. The FAA may assess civil penalties up to $27,500. Criminal penalties include fines of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment for up to three years.